#1
On our myspace - http://www.myspace.com/cardinalsuk - are 3 of 5 songs that we recorded at a studio recently. We got 2 days, ideally we would have liked more time to perfect things a little more, but for a first ever demo this was OK for us, we don't mind it a little raw.
I play bass and sing some backup, but I'd prefer to get feedback on the entire songs themselves.

Here's some things we already know:
- Speeding up tempos - some are intentional, some not, but our drummer will learn to play to a metronome next time to fix those.
- Some 'off' vocals - time constraints allowed the 3 of us little more than 1 take each in the end.
- Quiet bass - the studio has serious bass booster speakers, so they ended up mixing the bass to a volume that is a bit too quiet on standard speakers. (Yes that's ridiculous yet true).

Thanks in advance for any other crit though
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#2
Cool tunes.
Totally different than what I would typically listen to...the opening few notes of "Losing It" gave me a brief Minus the Bear vibe, mainly the vibe & clean tones. Very good. I liked that one and Oceans Apart the best....though I kinda liked how Big Smile caught me a little off guard with the change at about the :53 mark. Interesting twist to it there.

LOL, I know what you mean about time constraints & vocal takes. Our old band recorded some demos waaaay the crap back in 80-something...and yeah, since most bands are on a tight budget in "real" studios & vocals are typically the last things recorded...they always seemed to get rushed.
I liked the vocal approach on your tunes though....I probably listen to too much Metal stuff...(LOL)...But it was nice to hear a very different approach than I would typically hear. Excellent job.



Don
#4
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Don


You're a proper nice guy. I love people who can venture outside their usual genre and keep an open mind, and your inside knowledge is spot on, cheers.

Just on a side note, the 'Big Smile' change is something I'm wondering how other people hear it. It's a key change down a half step and kind of sounds "wrong" but when we first played it, it was the funniest thing. I don't normally find music funny in that way but it really was.

Anyway, thanks a lot.
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You're a proper nice guy. I love people who can venture outside their usual genre and keep an open mind, and your inside knowledge is spot on, cheers.

Just on a side note, the 'Big Smile' change is something I'm wondering how other people hear it. It's a key change down a half step and kind of sounds "wrong" but when we first played it, it was the funniest thing. I don't normally find music funny in that way but it really was.

Anyway, thanks a lot.


I try man.....I used to try & have something from just about every end of the spectrum in my CD case that I'd bring to work. You gotta cover all the bases you know.

BTW, I liked that change after a couple seconds...at first it was a bit of a "whoa..what?" moment, but it grew on me quickly. Personally, I think that used sparingly and well placed like you did...it's very effective. I think that if you put that sort of stuff every where...then you're sort of challenging the listener to stay with you & most likely reducing the size of your overall audience. LOL
I liked it though....it was a good twist.

BTW, I am an old(ish) bugger....but I've spent years working in a shop with many other musiciand in the 19-25yr old range. So I'm somewhat up to date...even though, I still can't keep most of the artists straight. LOL Minus the Bear just stands out, since one dude played their stuff relentlessly.



Don
#6
OK the boys decided to post the other 2 tracks (Everest & Isolated) that we recorded, and also a live acoustic version of a different song that was recorded with a mate (on piano), but without me or the drummer.

If you have time could you guys crit these 3 new songs too, it's all on the myspace.
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